Sunday, 30 August 2015

Guest Designer: Corinne de France aka March

Hello!

I can't believe it is already the end of August! Time flies when you're having fun, right?! :) We have a lovely guest here today and I'm sure you will that it finishes off the month rather nicely!

Our winner Corinne de France aka March is here with us today sharing her gorgeous mixed media art and a little bit about her.



"I love all styles but I discovered mixed media and now I incorporate it into all my layouts and art journal pages. I often work with images or postcards brought back from my travels with my husband. I also love street art. I live with my family in Lyon which is a city in east-central France, situated between Paris and Marseilles by the Mediterranean. My blog is in French, but as art is universal, you can find it here: MARCH"

Corinne creates the most wonderful mixed media art and we all here at Mixed Media World are big fans! I hope you will find a moment to visit Corinne's blog as there are many treasures waiting to be discovered! Corinne is sharing one of her makes with us here today...



"self portrait : implusive
I took a picture that comes from a magazine and I have used many mediums (gel medium gloss - white gesso - clear crackle - modeling paste) with stencil , acrylic paint and spray paint (color shine TINSEL)"

I simply had to make this image 'large' when writing this post, because the texture on this beauty is AMAZING! Absolutely gorgeous composition and colour combination. Big thumbs up, Corinne! Thank you for sharing it here with us! I hope you keep joining our challenges!

Talking about challenges, have you joined our current challenge 'Gorgeous Textures'? I hope you will find some time to play with your crafty goodies and link up your masterpieces to the challenge! ;)

Have a great day!

Ingrid & MMW DT xxx

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Star Designer: DINA WAKLEY

Hello and welcome back to Mixed Media World! 

It's beautiful and sunny here in London and we have a wonderful news to share with you here today on this glorious day! As our blog post title suggests, the one and only mixed media artist DINA WAKLEY is here with us today as our Star Designer and is sharing a little bit about herself! I hope you are as excited as we are! 


Many of us know Dina Wakley as a mixed media artist and a teacher and for her awesomely messy art journal pages full of sketchy faces and gorgeous colours. Some of you might know that Dina is also a Ranger Signature Designer and has her own line of products. Have you seen the gorgeous paints and her brushes? Awesome stuff! She also released two fantastic books full of information on how to create your very own beautifully freestyle art. Look for the titles 'Art Journal Freedom' and 'Art Journal Courage'. If you prefer working of a computer then you can download her DVDs and other fab downloads from the North Light Shop or learn from her online workshops. And if this is not enough you can meet Dina Wakley in person when attending one of her classes!! Dina teaches in the UK too! Yay! You can interact with Dina via her social sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or follow her Blog! Enough from me though, let's have a look at some of Dina's creations and find out even more about this wonderful lady... 



I'd like to invite you to have a read of our exclusive interview with Dina and learn a bit more about her style, preferences and about her creative processes:

What inspires you most to create? / Where does your inspiration come from?
Everything! But especially art in all its forms. I think the best inspiration is to go to a museum and look at REAL art up close. Get away from Pinterest and get into a museum. Very inspiring.

Do you pre plan your pieces, or are they often the result of just 'going with the flow'?
I never, ever, ever plan anything. Never.

What is your favourite medium to work with?
Acrylic paint and Stabilo All pencil.

Do you have a tool which you couldn't live without?
Tim Holtz scissors. The one ones with the short blades. My son was using them once and said, "wow, these scissors are glorious!", so now we call them the glorious scissors.

What's your craft space like?
A mess! Utilitarian. Paint everywhere. Disorganized.

Do you have a favourite colour combo?
Magenta, Turquoise, Lime Green, Navy.

What is your favourite creation to date?
Besides my three children, my favorite creation is usually whatever I just made last. And...whatever I am going to make tomorrow!



A HUGE thank you to Dina for answering our questions and therefore allowing us to get to know her a bit more! THANK YOU, Dina, for sharing your art with us and for being a wonderful inspiration to us all! 

Thank you, dear reader, friend, for stopping by today! We appreciate you joining us and for every comment you might leave. I hope you too enjoy the interaction! If you also like to interact via social media feel free to join us there too... 

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Get in touch! Have a fabulous Sunday wherever you are! We'll be back soon with more inspiration and exciting news so stay tuned! In the meantime feel free to join my (Ingrid's) current challenge 'Gorgeous Textures'. You can find the link on the side bar. 

All the best, stay creative, 

Ingrid xxx

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Star Designer: SANDRA DURAN WILSON

Dear Friends, Followers, all beautiful crafty souls out there!

Welcome back to Mixed Media World! Today is a very special day for me. If you've been following this blog you know that we run a series that we call 'Star Designers'. The clue is in the name. It is all about inviting and introducing well-known mixed media artists from all around the world not only to talk about their wonderful achievements, to tell you about new products or publications they released, but mainly for them to come to us to connect with you and vice versa! And today really is special and if you are reading this I suggest that you make a cuppa and enjoy!

Today I have a great pleasure of introducing the one and only abstract collage artist...

Sandra Duran Wilson
info@sandraduranwilson.com


"The senses become mixed and intertwined in the mind of the artist. Sounds appear in colors, numbers sing songs and frequencies dance in her head. Synesthesia is a crossing of the senses. The paintings and works on paper are a beautiful blending of sounds, science, and nature.

Sandra Duran Wilson comes from a family of artists and scientists. She grew up in a world where everything was possible, where she would look through the microscope in her father’s office and then draw what she saw. Sandra’s early years were spent on the border of Mexico where the people, animals, landscape, drama of the religious rituals, and stories of the curanderas shaped her reality. Years later she would return frequently to Mexico and South America to absorb the culture, traditions, and art. Her spirituality combined with her scientific studies has directed her work from realism to abstract mixed media.

Her work is influenced by abstract scientific concepts in physics, biology and chemistry. The pure fun of exploring what paint can do and her natural curiosity keeps the work fresh and lively. Her work is represented in the US and Australia and is found in many corporate, civic, and educational collections and in private collections worldwide.

She experiments, paints, writes and teaches at her studio in Santa Fe, NM, and also teaches around the US, Europe and Australia. She is the author of five art technique books and several instructional DVDs."



I have been a big fan for quite some time! Sandra and I seem to have one thing in common and that is our love for exploring and using various materials to create interesting textures! I, however, am still learning whereas Sandra has been a professional artist for about 20 years now, released five fantastic books to this date and have enriched many lives by her gorgeous art! If you want to learn about the techniques Sandra uses in her art and have a go at your very own abstract collage you can learn so much just by attending one of Sandra's workshops.
The way she uses textures, colours and adds interest to her artworks is out of this world. If you cannot travel don't worry! There are wonderful books (Alternative Art Surfaces, Mixed Media Revolution, Surface Treatment Workshop, Image Transfer Workshop and her most recent book Acrylic Painting for Encaustic Effects) that you can purchase, learn from and explore in a comfort of your own home! You can purchase all via Amazon and even pre-order her latest book! Christmas or not, I'm buying one!! :)


I must salute Sandra for releasing this book. You ask why... she shares 45 wax free techniques to achieve encaustic effects! She's saving the bees!!! A big virtual hi-five, Sandra! I explained that I bought a small and rather expensive 100g pot of organic bees wax not so long ago, but couldn't stop feeling guilty using it despite the fact I made an inchie to test it ;/ Bees are exploited enough for all their by-products by food, cosmetic and other industries. The art and craft world is huge and we should be a little more considerate with the way we approach encaustic art. Ok, the eco-warrior in me is starting to surface so back to the point. Sandra has done a brilliant job releasing a book on using alternatives and I would like to support and congratulate her on the idea and would like to spread the news. You will find a link to her book on the side bar. Please note, this is not an affiliate link, i.e. I will not get paid when you click on it, I put it there to support the overall idea.

A couple of sample pics you'll find in the book...



Gorgeous! Enough from me though, Sandra has written a wonderful article for you, Ladies and Gentlemen, provided us with an exclusive interview by answering a few of our questions and is sharing a few examples of her gorgeous art. I bet you can't wait and are as excited as I am so here's our little interview....

What inspires you most to create? / Where does your inspiration come from?
Concepts, like ideas in science. I love to experiment and see what materials can be pushed to do. I have a background in science and my studio is like a laboratory, complete with test tubes and a microscope.

Do you pre plan your pieces, or are they often the result of just 'going with the flow'?
Yes and no. If you were to peek inside my sketch books you would see a lot of writing. I am usually working on ideas that I would like to express, like astrophysics on the edge of space. My sketches are very rudimentary and I will often add color concepts. I pull ideas from magazines on architecture and design to inspire me. I may see an interesting color combination in fashion and I jot the idea down in my sketch book. But, when I begin to create the painting often has other plans. I have learned to listen to the painting and follow it where it leads.
Sometimes I just begin with materials and products and push and play until I have something cool to work with.

What is your favourite medium to work with?
Acrylic and all of the wonderful mediums, gels and pastes that go along with acrylics.

Do you have a tool which you couldn't live without?
My hands! I do paint with my hands a lot. I also like to use silicone color shaper tools. I also will grab unusual materials to create texture like cardboard cup holders, wood skewers and deli papers.

What's your craft space like?
I have worked in tiny closet spaces, on my bed, in garages, on the dining room table, the extra room, but now I have a fantastic space where I create and teach. I designed my studio and when we bought this home it was because it had space for the future studio. It has never mattered what the space was like to create-I just needed to create. I am sure you all feel this way too.

Here is a video of my studio


Do you have a favourite colour combo?

I love complimentary colors like blue/turquoise-red/orange or purple, orange and green.
I have a crossing of the senses, synesthesia. When I hear music I see colors and numbers have sounds. Sometimes I paint to specific music or lectures. I did a painting based on Richard Feynmans physics lecture on gravity and space. It is now in the home of a college dean.

What is your favourite creation to date?
Hard to say. I have many favorites but now I am challenging myself with sculptures. I have a few favorites, but they all have new homes. I do keep a few paintings, but I give them to my husband so I am not tempted to sell them.


Sandra also wrote a fab article that we'd like to share with you today: 

"I have always sensed things in non-traditional ways. I would “hear” numbers, feel others sensations, see wavelengths and textures always captivated me. I grew up on the border of Texas where my family was all doctors, nurses and healers. The Catholic Church played a big role with the drama of the rituals and the small but colorful churches. I remember someone speaking of eternity and I asked what it was. They said endless space and time. I was probably about 4 or 5 years old, so I had not even developed abstract reasoning. I imagined going out into space beyond the solar system and then there was a brick wall, but what was beyond that? My mind would create all kinds of worlds beyond the walls, but I never got to comprehending eternity. In my work, circles represent this non-linear time.
I sometimes would stand on my head and look at the world upside down. I would imagine walking on the ceiling and having to jump to go through a doorway. Throughout my life, when confronted with a thought dilemma, I would turn my thinking upside down to come up with new answers or lines of thinking.
I grew up with scientists and artists both and was always encouraged to use all of my talents. I learned color mixing sitting next to my great-aunt Santa Duran, who taught me to paint at the age of 5. She showed me how to mix colors, but I always heard and felt them. It was a very intuitive process. Later when I studied science and optics, I would know all about color perceptions and wavelengths, but I would still sense color. I could feel it. 
When I was studying science at UNM, I had many statistics classes and experimental science classes. When I would be working with numbers, I would hear songs; and these songs would produce certain colors in my mind. When I would be working in the garden, poems would flow into my mind and I would say them aloud to the plants. This poems led to stories and paintings too. For me, math and numbers were frequencies which were songs that led to colors and the movement and the poems would aid in creating the compositions. 
When I am working in my studio I only listen to music or lectures when I want to be influenced by them. The gallery recently sold a painting and the collector wanted to know what I was listening to when I created it. I laughed because I was listening to a lecture by Richard Feynman on the uncertainty of knowing. Some pieces are created in silence and I am hoping to create songs from the paintings. I have been working with a simple online synthesizer but I am looking to collaborate on some future projects.
I see the world as a matrix, sometimes it is moving slowly and I can get a glimpse between the pixels; and sometimes it is moving so fast it is like a blur that takes on a whole new sensation of sound, taste, feel and color. I think I have always experienced altered sensations. As a child I felt I could hear the animals talking to me and the sounds of the breeze, the running water and even the rain had stories to tell me. Math and science are like a poetic language that weaves its way into my work.
Experimenting and mixing things up has intrigued me all of my life and I have always done these things in one way or another. As a jeweler or a bartender, I would stir things up to make new patinas or a new margarita. This is my passion as an artist. My training as an experimental scientist plays out in my experiments. I have written 5 books on art techniques. My favorite book was on alternative surfaces because I really got to explore and experiment with many materials and surfaces not commonly used in art. My first question of the day is always, What if?
The sculptures I am now creating using cast acrylic, resin and steel are a compilation of all the techniques and knowledge I have acquired over the last 30 years of making art. I am using many painting techniques along with developing and creating textures. I am employing my knowledge of printmaking, which is what my fine art degree is in and I am I am continually challenging myself to experiment and explore. The technical challenges keep me intrigued and I have never run out of ideas for making sound and beauty visible."





I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Sandra a little more. The samples of her work we're sharing here are exquisite and I personally would love to get a closer look! 



The dimension on the last piece is amazing! I think you'll agree with me when I say that Sandra Duran Wilson certainly is a star in the world of art. Each and of her artworks is a true reflection of her talent and her curious soul. I would like to invite you to explore her website as well as her blog and join her via social media. You will certainly find the inspiration that you crave. 

Feel free to say hi and share your thoughts in the comments below, we're look forward to hearing from you! 

Seeing all of these wonderful textured wonders created by Sandra I hope you're feeling inspired and ready to create your very own art for our current challenge 'Gorgeous textures'! I can't wait to see what you'll make. Have a quick read of our simple rules and join, join! ;)

A BIG THANK YOU to Sandra for her time and for coming to share her own mixed media world with us! Thank you, Sandra! You rock! xx

Thank you, dear reader, for spending some time with us today! See you soon! 

Big hugs, 

Ingrid xxx 



Sunday, 9 August 2015

MMW'#6: Gorgeous Textures

Hello!!! 

It's the second Sunday of a month which means we are back with a new challenge! This time it is my turn to pick a theme. I (Ingrid) am a little bit texture mad and get very excited just by looking at crackles, patterns in Gesso, textures created using various textiles and other fun materials... pastes, embossing powders, paints and more.... the possibilities are endless! Whatever you decide to use make sure you have fun and create some seriously yummy textures! Excited? I certainly am! :) 

The MMW Design Team had some real fun and each lady added their own twist on the theme. I can't wait to show you what we all created. Before I do though I have a great pleasure of announcing the winner of the fabulous stencils from our new sponsor That's Crafty! 

*cue *drum *roll.....



We also had a real tough time picking our Fab 3, but we got there in the end! In no particular order, here they are...







How wonderful are all of these entries! Gorgeous, gorgeous! CONGRATULATIONS to all of you. Please download the relevant badges for your blogs, display them with pride, you deserve them!! Please could the winner email me to confirm if up for Guest Designing for us next month and to claim the wonderful prize ... ingridscraftscorner (@) hotmail. co. uk 

Our new challenge is sponsored by a wonderful Etsy shop called The Old Vintage Shop where you can find gorgeous images for your arts and crafts. 

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You can win 3 images of you choice from this very shop and be our Guest Designer the following month. Sounds good? To inspire you even more our oh-so talented team had some serious fun during their mixtravaganza and want to share these with you... 













Laine (...who is better and back in the game! Yay!) 




Yulianna decorated inner pages too so hop over to her blog to check them out! They're fantastic!


Mo, I hope you get better soon so you can also join us soon! We're all sending the biggest healing hugs!!! 

Now, this is what I call beautifully textured creations! Each is so unique and fabulous! I hope you're feeling inspired and come to join our challenge! I can't wait to see what you'll make! 

Before I go, I'd like to ask you to stop by next Sunday. We have a very special Star Designer joining us for a day bringing some super-awesome mixed media goodness! This is going to knock your socks off!!!! So stay tuned, have fun creating and see you next week! 

Big hugs, 

Ingrid xxx


the MMW DT xxx

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Star Designer: TRISH LATIMER

Hello! 

Welcome back! Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are enjoying your weekend to the full! If you're looking for some inspiration look no further!



We have a pleasure to welcome Trish Latimer as our Star Designer! We're very excited that you could join us here at Mixed Media World for the day! 




Trish is a wonderful lady that enriches our lives with her creativity. Her art always leaves you with the 'how'd she do that...' feeling. The good news is she shares her processes in her blog posts at Ink, Paint, Beads and you can purchase her very own DVD 'Create with Paint'. I would like to invite you to visit her blog and explore. You can really learn a lot from this lady. 
Trish recently became the Editor for the Craft Stamper magazine and, in my opinion, there's no better person for the job! Congratulations, Trish! 

Fancy a little insight into Trish's creative world? We have an exclusive interview so enjoy... !;)

What inspires you most to create? / Where does your inspiration come from?


My inspiration comes from all around me, something I think most artists will tell you! Colour combos in nature, shapes and designs from pictures, home furnishings etc. Weirdly, I get most of my ideas in that tiny little ‘window’ just before I go to sleep! Once my brain starts drifting off, I find project ideas jumping out all over the place. Luckily I can usually remember them once I wake up the next morning!


Do you pre plan your pieces, or are they often the result of just 'going with the flow'?
I always have a plan. 99.9% of the time the end result looks NOTHING like the original plan… but I always start with one! Sometimes a colour takes over, sometimes a figure almost ‘tells’ me the words I need to add, sometimes I just drop an ink pad on the background and have to have a rethink!

What is your favourite medium to work with?

Paint. Always paint. You can create the exact shade you want, you can layer it, smear it, drip it, stamp with it, everything. Totally addicted to paint! (I need to get a T shirt with that on it, I think!)

Do you have a tool which you couldn't live without?
Hmmmm…. My heat tool gets used every single time I make something, as I always dry my projects between every layer of paint I add, so that is one thing. The other would be my fingers, strangely. I rarely use a paint brush, everything is smeared and blended with my fingers. Same goes for gesso or gel medium, fingertips all the way! (and very messy, but that’s part of the fun!)

What's your craft space like?
My studio is our loft conversion, so whilst the floor space is very large, the sloping eaves on either side make storage a little tricky! The main walls are shelved with all my mounted stamps on them, with LOTS of folders of unmounteds, and baskets full of clear stamps. The light is wonderful though, and you can open the windows and watch the light show from Blackpool Tower at night!

Do you have a favourite colour combo?
I don’t really have one! Generally I have phases where I create lots of things in a particular scheme, then move on to another. I love red and baby blue with lots of white, or lime, red and black together. And you can’t beat a good rainbow!

What is your favourite creation to date?
Again, this changes a lot! I have things that I adored when I made them, then I look back and can’t believe I liked them so much! I’m very fickle…..

Here are a few things I love right now!


I LOVE creating Art Dolls, weird and quirky figures created from all kinds of things. This one is definitely weird, but I love the shape!

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There has to be something very painty in any kind of ‘favourite list’ from me! This background was done by monoprinting from an acrylic block.

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My current obsession is drawing whimsical figures. I like this one because I managed to get the eyes looking good! Sometimes I finish a picture, take a step back and realise I’ve created something that looks like it’s about to kill me!

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Another Art Doll! This one is created from wire, with a painted dress and flower. She was featured in a Craft Stamper article a few months ago. I have been writing for Craft Stamper for 6 years now, and have recently become Editor of the magazine. A total dream job, I’m still pinching myself!

A few places where you will find me….

I’m a proud DT member of: A Sprinkle Of Imagination




And, of course, don’t forget the UK's number one magazine for Mixed Media: Craft Stamper!

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And there you have it, Ladies and Gentlemen! The one and only, oh so talented Trish Latimer! I cannot tell you how much I love her quirky art dolls and painty backgrounds! I don't know about you, but I am soooo inspired to make my own art doll! 

A BIG THANK YOU to Trish for being here with us today! You are a great inspiration to us all and we look forward to seeing more and more of your wonderful art from you! x

Dear, friends, I hope we've re-charged your creative batteries today and hope you will have a go at creating something amazing! Come and show us what you've made by linking your make to our challenge 'Stencils'. You have one more week to join and could win a voucher from our sponsor! 

Thank you for your time! We'll be back with the announcement of our winner, our Fab 3 and a new challenge next Sunday! Until then.... happy crafting!:)

Hugs,

Ingrid & MMW DT 
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